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The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times
by McFarland

Since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture.

By looking at the many changes the Man of Steel has undergone to remain pertinent, this volume reveals as much about America as it does about the champion of Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

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The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film

The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film


Superhero films are one of the most enduring genres of cinema, and their popularity is only increasing in the 21st century. These ten critical essays explore the phenomenon through the lenses of numerous academic disciplines, and cover topics such as the role of globalization in the formation of superhero narratives, the shifting nature of masculinity and femininity in the superhero world and the...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times

The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times


Billionaire industrialist, cold warrior, weapons designer, alcoholic, philanthropist, Avenger--Tony Stark, alter-ego of Marvel Comics' Iron Man, has played many roles in his five decades as a superhero. From his 1963 comics debut in Tales of Suspense to the recent film adaptations--The Avengers(2012), Iron Man 3(2013)--hundreds of creators have had a hand in writing the character...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times

The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times


Since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture. This collection explores the evolution of the Superman character and demonstrates how his alterations mirror historical changes in American society. Beginning with the original comic book and ending with the 2011 Grounded storyline,...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Changing Times

The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Changing Times


Comic book audience expectations have fluctuated dramatically through the years, and comic book creators have had to adapt to shifting hopes, fears and concerns among readers. One of Marvel Comic's most popular franchises for five decades, The Avengers have always been reflective of their times, and have adapted to an evolving readership to remain relevant. This collection of fresh essays by popular...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times

The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times


The Incredible Hulk is one of the earliest Marvel Comics superheroes. Through the decades, the character and his narrative elements--the causes of Bruce Banner's transformations, the Hulk's strength, intelligence and skin color, the stories' tone, theme and sources of conflict--have been continually reinvented to remain relevant. This collection of new essays explores Marvel's more than five decades...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Justice League: Essays on America's Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times

The Ages of the Justice League: Essays on America's Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times


The first superhero team from the Silver Age of comics, DC's Justice League has seen many iterations since its first appearance in 1960. As the original comic book continued and spin-off titles proliferated, talented writers, artists and editors adapted the team to appeal to changing audience tastes. This collection of new essays examines more than five decades of Justice League comics and related...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times

The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times


The X-Men comic book franchise is one of the most popular of all time and one of the most intriguing for critical analysis. With storylines that often contain overt social messages within its "mutant metaphor," X-Men is often credited with having more depth than the average superhero property. In this collection, each essay examines a specific era of the X-Men franchise in relationship...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times

The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times


Created in 1941 by the psychologist William Marston, Wonder Woman would go on to have one of the longest continuous runs of published comic book adventures in the history of the industry. More than 70 years after her debut, Wonder Woman remains a popular culture icon. Throughout the intervening years many comic book creators have had a hand in guiding her story, resulting in different interpretations...   [click here for more]
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The Amazing Transforming Superhero!: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television

The Amazing Transforming Superhero!: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television


This collection of essays analyzes the many ways in which comic book and film superheroes have been revised or rewritten in response to changes in real-world politics, social mores, and popular culture. Among many topics covered are the jingoistic origin of Captain America in the wake of the McCarthy hearings, the post-World War II fantasy-feminist role of Wonder Woman, and the Nietzschean influences...   [click here for more]
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The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki

The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki


The thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing animated films of Hayao Miyazaki attract audiences well beyond the director's native Japan. Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away were critically acclaimed upon U.S. release, and the earlier My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service have found popularity with Americans on DVD. This critical study of Miyazaki's work begins with an analysis of the...   [click here for more]
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The Art of Rahsan Ekedal

The Art of Rahsan Ekedal


This deluxe collection celebrates RAHSAN EKEDAL's work over the past decade for Image Comics and Top Cow Productions. Focusing on the many Image titles he’s worked on, including THINK TANK, THE TITHE, and ECHOES, this is a must have for any fan of those series or RAHSAN's work! Intended for readers 12+ ...   [click here for more]
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The Ascendance of Harley Quinn: Essays on DC's Enigmatic Villain

The Ascendance of Harley Quinn: Essays on DC's Enigmatic Villain


Since her first appearance in 1992, Harley Quinn—eccentric sidekick to the Joker—has captured the attention of readers like few new characters have in eight decades of Batman comics. Her bubbly yet malicious persona has earned her a loyal and growing fan base as she has crossed over into television, theater, video games, and film. In this collection of new essays, contributors explore...   [click here for more]
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The Batman Filmography, 2nd Ed.

The Batman Filmography, 2nd Ed.


This is a complete reference work to the history of Batman big screen works, from the 1940s serials through the campy 1960s TV show and film, and up through the series of Warner Bros. summer blockbusters that climaxed with Christopher Nolan's 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. Chapters on each Batman feature include extensive film and production credits, a production history, and a critical analysis...   [click here for more]
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The Big Book of Comic Layouts

The Big Book of Comic Layouts


Do you want your pages to have a great layout that really helps tell the story? Are you having trouble thinking of how and where to put each panel? The Big Book if Comic Layouts is the book for you! You will find 317 different layout templates ready for you to use for your book. This book also has the basic blue line measurement template for your page and a thumbnail sheet to help you get your comic...   [click here for more]
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The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets

The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets


Easy Techniques for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature This is the book that can teach anyone to draw (yes, even you!) If you're not getting the kind of true-to-life results you want in your drawings (or if you can't even draw a straight line), Carrie and Rick Parks can help. As award-winning teachers, they have a proven game plan for helping artists...   [click here for more]
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The Blue Flame

The Blue Flame


This is the autobiography of Rees Finlay, he makes comics......or at least he used to, following a tragic accident his leg barely works, everyone he ever loved has gone and his passion is lost. He is broken. In his darkest hour a mysterious figure appears before him. She is the blue flame, and she is here to lead Rees on a journey though his memories to show him the painful truths that put him where...   [click here for more]
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The Buffyverse Catalog

The Buffyverse Catalog


A Complete Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in Print, Film, Television, Comics, Games and Other Media, 1992-2010 This bibliographic guide covers the "Buffyverse"--the fictional worlds of the acclaimed television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and its spinoff Angel (1999-2004), as well as the original Buffy feature film of 1992. It is the largest...   [click here for more]
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The Christ Volume 5

The Christ Volume 5


Parables, a centurion, resurrection at Nain and beheading of John. ...   [click here for more]
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The Christ Volume 6

The Christ Volume 6


"THE REDEEMER" Who is greatest, healing of blind man, prayer, woman caught in adultery Addendum: "The Trial" ...   [click here for more]
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The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014

The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014


For military cartoonists the absurdity of war inspires a laugh-or-cry response and provides an endless source of un-funny amusement. Cartoons by hundreds of artists-at-arms from more than a dozen countries and spanning two centuries are included in this study--the first to consider such a broad range of military comics. War and military life are examined through the inside jokes of the men and...   [click here for more]
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The Comics of Joss Whedon: Critical Essays

The Comics of Joss Whedon: Critical Essays


A great deal of scholarship has focused on Joss Whedon's television and film work, which includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers. But Whedon's work in the world of comics has largely been ignored. He created his own dystopian heroine, Fray, assembled the goofy fannish heroes of Sugarshock, and wrote arcs for Marvel's...   [click here for more]
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The Designer's Web Handbook: What You Need to Know to Create for the Web

The Designer's Web Handbook: What You Need to Know to Create for the Web


Make the Web Work for You You know how to design. But you can increase your value as a designer in the marketplace by learning how to make that design function on the web. From informational sites to e-commerce portals to blogs to mobile apps, The Designer's Web Handbook helps any designer understand the full life cycle of a digital product: idea, design, production and maintenance. The best...   [click here for more]
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The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television, 2d ed.

The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television, 2d ed.


It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a complete guide to over 50 years of superheroes on screen! This expanded and updated edition of the 2004 award-winning encyclopedia covers important developments in the popular genre; adds new shows such as Heroes and Zoom; includes the latest films featuring icons like Superman, Spiderman and Batman; and covers even more types of superheroes. Each...   [click here for more]
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The Fairy Tale and Anime

The Fairy Tale and Anime


Traditional Themes, Images and Symbols at Play on Screen Over the last few decades, anime has consistently come into fruitful contact with themes, images and symbols associated with the fairy tale tradition. This critical text focuses on the ways in which fundamental principles of the fairy tale tradition are deployed, and hence come to manifest themselves narratively and cinematographically, in...   [click here for more]
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The False Dichotomy

The False Dichotomy


What is our Spiritual heritage? Do you know we are more spiritual than physical? How can what we do not see have auhority over what we can see? Explore the spirtual world with astronaut Susan J. in this first SciFi/Spiritual comic book. ...   [click here for more]
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The Forensic Comicologist: Insights from a Life in Comics

The Forensic Comicologist: Insights from a Life in Comics


A childhood comic book fan turned comic book retailer, the author soon discovered the prevalence of scams in the world of comics collecting. This book is his tutorial on how to collect wisely and reduce risks. Drawing on skills learned from twenty years with the San Diego Police Department and as a Comic-Con attendee since 1972, he covers in detail the history and culture of collecting comic books...   [click here for more]
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The Galaxy Is Rated G

The Galaxy Is Rated G


Essays on Children's Science Fiction Film and Television Through spaceships, aliens, ray guns and other familiar trappings, science fiction uses the future (and sometimes the past) to comment on current social, cultural and political ideologies; the same is true of science fiction in children's film and television. This collection of essays analyzes the confluences of science fiction...   [click here for more]
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The Gloryhound Guide to Photoshop: Basics

The Gloryhound Guide to Photoshop: Basics


The Gloryhound Guide to Photoshop: Basics will teach what is often thought to be un-teachable and allow new users to dive into Photoshop without ever having opened the program before. It’s also a handy guide for intermediate Photoshop users who want a quick-reference for the various tools and menus which Photoshop has to offer. Features include: Over 40 pages of content,...   [click here for more]
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The Greatest Comic Book Covers of All Time

The Greatest Comic Book Covers of All Time


Featuring nearly 200 covers from the Golden Age to today, the best comic book covers ever are showcased is this beautiful homage to heroic art. Eye-popping and spectacular, The Greatest Comic Book Covers of All Time is a full-color salute to the covers that make us say "wow!" Jaw-dropping, fun, irreverent, sexy and inspiring, these covers have one thing in common: They made you...   [click here for more]
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The Horror Comics: Fiends, Freaks and Fantastic Creatures

The Horror Comics: Fiends, Freaks and Fantastic Creatures


From the Golden Age of the 1940s, through the Silver Age of the '60s, up until the early '80s--the end of the Bronze Age. Included are the earliest series, like American Comics Group's Adventures into the Unknown and Prize Comics' Frankenstein, and the controversial and gory comics of the '40s, such as EC's infamous and influential Tales from the Crypt. The resurgence of monster-horror titles during...   [click here for more]
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The Illusion of Freedom

The Illusion of Freedom


Look around at the world we live in. Isn't there something wrong? Don't you feel powerless to make a positive change? Don't the problems of the world feel so big, so overwhelming, that you feel defeated? Like you can't possibly make a difference? So you don't even start? What if I told you, you could change that? What if I said that the interests and influence of a select few groups have purposely...   [click here for more]
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The Indie Project #2

The Indie Project #2


And all new underground magazine celebrating the world of independent media. from small press comics, films, gaming, to interviews with bands and writers...   [click here for more]
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The Indie Project 3

The Indie Project 3


And all new underground magazine celebrating the world of independent media. from small press comics, cosplay, to interviews with bands and writers...   [click here for more]
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The Indie Project Quarterly

The Indie Project Quarterly


And all new underground magazine celebrating the world of independent media. from small press comics, cosplay, to interviews with bands and writers...   [click here for more]
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The Intruder

The Intruder


An aging crook runs afoul of a shape-changing alien who is on the lam from an intergalactic cop. The Intruder’s plan is to seize power, acquire wealth, and ultimately sow the seeds of destruction on the Earth’s population. His reason is only to revel in his success then head off to another planet to repeat the process. Now it is the task of the two cops from two worlds to stop the evil...   [click here for more]
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The Kingstone Bible Vol. 1 (Beginning)

The Kingstone Bible Vol. 1 (Beginning)


The beginning of the world, the great flood, the Tower of Babel and story of Job. ...   [click here for more]
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The Law for Comic Book Creators

The Law for Comic Book Creators


Essential Concepts and Applications Since the creation of the comic book, there has been a lot of legal conflict and confusion where concepts such as public domain, unincorporated entities and moral rights are involved. As a result, comics creators are frequently concerned about whether they are protecting themselves. There are many questions and no single place to find the answers--that...   [click here for more]
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The Logo Brainstorm Book

The Logo Brainstorm Book


A Comprehensive Guide for Exploring Design Directions Don't Wait for Inspiration to Strike Whether you're facing a new logo project or you've reached a block in your current work, The Logo Brainstorm Book will inspire you to consider fresh creative approaches that will spark appealing, functional and enduring design solutions. Award-winning designer Jim Krause (author of the popular Indexseries)...   [click here for more]
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The Man Who Watched Batman Vol. 1

The Man Who Watched Batman Vol. 1


This is an episode by episode in depth analysis of the first season of the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. This book takes a step by step looks at the first 28 episodes of what is considered by many to be one of the greatest Animated shows of all time. whether you can quote every episode line by line or watching the series for the very first time, we leave no stone...   [click here for more]
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The Man Who Watched Batman Vol. 2

The Man Who Watched Batman Vol. 2


This is an episode by episode in depth analysis of the second season of the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. This book takes a step by step looks at the second season of episodes of what is considered by many to be one of the greatest Animated shows of all time. whether you can quote every episode line by line or watching the series for the very first time, we leave...   [click here for more]
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The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books

The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books


For decades, scholars have been making the connection between the design of the superhero story and the mythology of the ancient folktale. Moving beyond simple comparisons and common explanations, this volume details how the workings of the superhero comics industry and the conventions of the medium have developed a culture like that of traditional epic storytelling. It chronicles the continuation...   [click here for more]
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The Mighty One

The Mighty One


Steve MacManus, the editor of 2000 AD during its 1980s heyday, lifts the lid on how the UK’s most important comic came into existence and his extraordinary role in shaping it into a industry-revolutionising icon. In 1973, a twenty-year-old MacManus joined Fleetway Publications as a sub-editor on UK adventure title Valiant. Six years later he took charge of the company’s most celebrated...   [click here for more]
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The Mythology of the Superhero

The Mythology of the Superhero


Superheroes have been an integral part of popular society for decades and have given rise to a collective mythology familiar in popular culture worldwide. Though scholars and fans have recognized and commented on this mythology, its structure has gone largely unexplored. This book provides a model and lexicon for identifying the superhero mythos. The author examines the myth in several narratives--including...   [click here for more]
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The OTHER Capt. Marvel

The OTHER Capt. Marvel


The OTHER Capt. Marvel flies in from the Silver Age of Comics! Published by M.F. Enterprises during the 1960s, this alien android was sent to Earth to protect its citizens against bizarre bad guys! These include Dr. Darkness, Plastic Man, Atom-Jaw, The Bat, Vapor Man, Colonel Cold, and Dr. Fate! Captain Marvel uses his ability to separate his detach parts of his body for the most campy crimefighting...   [click here for more]
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The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead: Essays on the Television Series and Comics

The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead: Essays on the Television Series and Comics


From the beginning, both Robert Kirkman's comics and AMC's series of The Walking Dead have brought controversy in their presentations of race, gender and sexuality. Critics and fans have contended that the show's identity politics have veered toward the decidedly conservative, offering up traditional understandings of masculinity, femininity, heterosexuality, racial hierarchy and white supremacy. ...   [click here for more]
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The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature: Critical Essays on the Form

The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature: Critical Essays on the Form


These 15 essays investigate comic books and graphic novels, beginning with the early development of these media. The essays also place the work in a cultural context, addressing theory and terminology, adaptations of comic books, the superhero genre, and comic books and graphic novels that deal with history and nonfiction. By addressing the topic from a wide range of perspectives, the book offers...   [click here for more]
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The Serengeti A Legend Is Born

The Serengeti A Legend Is Born


From The SERENGETI PLAINS In AFRICA, Comes A Story Of The Struggle Of A Maasai Hero, KIP MUNKA, Against Customs, Nature And Ultimately The Formidable Oppressor Warrior, SETAN! ...   [click here for more]
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The Simpsons in the Classroom

The Simpsons in the Classroom


Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield The object of much debate, attention, and scholarship since it first aired more than 20 years ago, The Simpsons provides excellent, if unexpected, fodder for high school and college lesson plans. After all, laughing students are hardly sleeping students! But The Simpsons also provides a familiar student knowledge...   [click here for more]
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The Ultimate Guide To Colored Pencil

The Ultimate Guide To Colored Pencil


Over 40 step-by-step demonstrations for both traditional and watercolor pencils With this easy-to-use handbook, best-selling author Gary Greene provides you with instant access to his best tips, tricks and techniques for creating exceptionally realistic colored pencil artwork. Whether you're new to colored pencils or perfecting advanced techniques, you'll find the answers...   [click here for more]
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The Unofficial Batman Trivia Challenge

The Unofficial Batman Trivia Challenge


The Ultimate Dark Knight Challenge! Test Your Knowledge and Prove You're a Real Fan! You may think that you know everything there is to know about the Dark Knight of Gotham City, but how much do you really know? With topics that cover the entire Batman franchise, you'll have to swoop into every fight, scene, and exchange in order to beat this trivia challenge. If you really want to prove that you're...   [click here for more]
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